Pawns that Man the Frontlines

Pawns line up the frontlines as engagement initiators on the chess board. They are often the first few moves in the game by both players. They may be the lowest ranking pieces in chess but they nonetheless perform very important valiant roles. Here is a summary of rules for pawns in chess.

There are 8 pawns given each player at the beginning. These are all lined up on the first rows of the players' chess formations: the white pawns occupy rank 1 of files A to H, the black pawns occupy rank 8 also of files A-H. They occupy the first rows to protect the major and minor piecesólike infantrymen of old. From that starting position pawns may do single-space or double-space maneuvers. Afterwards, they are required to advance a space at a time.

Pawns move vertically and they're the only piece not allowed to move backward in retreat. They either move forward or are stalled by a piece blocking their way because they cannot jump over or bypass any chess piece. Pawns capture or check enemy pieces to their right or left diagonally. Capturing is the only time they are allowed move diagonally, after which they must continue moving vertically forward.

One of the main rules for pawns in chess is that they should move forward to reach the other side of the board. While other pieces in chess move every which way possible without aiming to reach a particular spot on the board, pawns are directed to get to the enemy's last rowówhite pawns target to reach rank 8 while black pawns target to reach rank 1. Other enemy pieces try to stop pawns from doing this.

Once pawns reach their destination, they get promoted or graduate to a high ranking ally piece, like a queen or a rook. Bishops and knights are also options here, except a king or another pawn. This is what we call "conversion" or "promotion." This is the main goal of pawns. Pawns can only be involved in defense and offense activities if these happen to be situated along their way, or when they're still stationed in the line formation.

Seldom do all 8 pawns finish their ultimate mission. A lot of times, they're used for blocking or sacrificing. Hence, it would be good to have 4 pawns assigned for promotion and the rest for other tasks according to rules for pawns in chess. Thus, pawns should be treated with care and weightiness.